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Published on April 11, 2008
Review by Peter Nicholson, BPM Magazine
Longtime producer Martin Swanstein comes with his second full-length effort after scores of singles for labels ranging from Chicago’s Guidance to Copenhagen’s 3rd Floor Records. Eschewing the concept album approach some dance producers attempt when taking on the full-length format, Martinez sticks to what he does best — compressed, minimal techno — even sticking to the script by mixing the tracks into one another seamlessly.
Standouts are the slightly drunken sway and burble of “Tuna Belly” and the housier, subtly uplifting pads of “Lowdown,” which provides a nice respite from the queasy, hypnotic tones that characterize A Chemical Imbalance. Though there is an initial sense of sameness that detracts from some individual tracks, repeated plays (especially at high volume) reveal a refined sense of swing that makes this a keeper.